By: Joe Graedon January 31, 2013 10 Comments
    Overactive Bladder Drug Goes Over the Counter

    The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it has approved over-the-counter sale of a medication for overactive bladder. The ingredient in the patch, which will be sold as Oxytrol, is oxybuty…

    By: Terry Graedon August 6, 2012 1 Comments
    Bedtime Pill Could Raise Heat Risk

    Q. I take amitriptyline at night to help me sleep. I have read that this drug might make me more sensitive to the heat. I have been really suffering with the temperatures hovering around 100 degrees. …

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2012 6 Comments
    Is Your Medicine Setting You Up for Heat Stroke?

    "Hot enough for you?" Don't get mad at us; we're as tired of that question as you are. Cows are dying, chickens are exploding and athletes are dropping like flies. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are …

    By: Terry Graedon August 15, 2011 10 Comments
    Drugs That Are More Dangerous in Hot Weather

    "Hot as hell" is a phrase we have heard a lot this summer. And with good reason. Temperatures have soared in much of the country. And it's not over yet. Anyone without air conditioning has really been…

    By: Joe Graedon May 17, 2009 5 Comments
    Did Simvastatin or Detrol Trigger Heat Stroke?

    Q. I have taken simvastatin for many years and over the last year or so I have developed extreme intolerance to heat. My face gets flushed beet red, to the dismay of my companions who wonder if they s…

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2006 0 Comments
    Don’t Let Summer Heat Do You In

    It's too bad our bodies don't come equipped with "idiot lights." If they did, more people might avoid heatstroke. When your car overheats, a red light on the dashboard warns you that the engine is get…

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2005 0 Comments
    Low Potassium Nearly Killed Construction Worker

    Q. I am in the construction industry and have to deal with all kinds of weather. I am also an emergency medical technician with 18 years of experience. On July 19th, I died. Fortunately for me, I was …